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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelatory period 9th, 17 May 2012
This review is from: Beethoven: Symphony No.9, Choral (MP3 Download)
I had to write something to offset the one-star rating that this wonderful CD currently has due to the earlier review.

The performance here is a BBC recording of what must have been a remarkable concert of startling immediacy. There is much eloquent and natural playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Charles Mackerras' conducting is brings an attention to detail, sonority and overall conception that gives the performance a revelatory quality. The sound may not be in the studio demonstration class but it's quite adequate given the class of the performance.

I could not agree more with Andrew Clark in the FT when I wrote about this performace: "Mackerras's 1994 Edinburgh festival performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is one of the most thrilling Beethoven interpretations I have ever heard. It bristles with revolutionary spirit: there's no attempt to tame or otherwise civilise the sounds that Beethoven's imagination is racing to conjure into being. You feel as if the conductor can barely keep the music on a leash, such is its volcanic energy - and yet Mackerras's way with this symphony is all part of a coherent vision. The OAE play like gods and demons, with pure string timbres one moment, raw woodwinds the next, and even the slow movement catches your breath, thanks to Mackerras's ability to shed new light. The performance is crowned by a finale that clearly inspired everyone taking part."
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2014 02:43:55 GMT
Yi-Peng says:
Can this Mackerras 9th complement his 2006 Hyperion 9th but also Gardiner's?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2014 23:23:17 GMT
I could certainly compliment the Gardiner, though it feels a lot more traditional. I haven't heard the 2006 Philharmonia.
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